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Central Italian restaurant

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Central Italian restaurant

We'll be in Sydney for part of our honeymoon and are looking for a good Italian restaurant in Central Sydney. Any recommendations much appreciated!

We're also thinking of trying Spice Temple while we are there. What are the dress codes for this sort of restaurant? Here in the UK I tend to wear smart jeans and a pair of heels when I eat out!

Thanks.

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1. Re: Central Italian restaurant

For good Italian head to Stanley St in Darlinghurst, just across Hyde Park and behind Sydney Grammar School (huge sandstone building)

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2. Re: Central Italian restaurant

Are you prepared to travel just a little? 10- 15 mins in a taxi will give you more options. Also depends on budget.

This recent thread was similar to yours....

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255060-i122-k3…

40ishcouple mentions Spice Temple in her JBR...

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255060-i122-k3…

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3. Re: Central Italian restaurant

What is your per head budget? THis website provides an idea of the budget, location and reviews

Aussieboy - might be talking about Giardinetto which is a quick walk from the city.

Another to look through

www.visitnsw.com/zone/Sydney/restaurant.aspx…

Edited: 25 August 2010, 05:04
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4. Re: Central Italian restaurant

Or the other building might be Verde....

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5. Re: Central Italian restaurant

There aren't many Italian restaurants in Stanley St these days unfortunately.

I'm not sure what your budget is, but I would suggest Machiavelli. Its a bit of a businessman's haunt, but it is iconic in Sydney.

Its on 123 Clarence St in the city. Its about a 5min walk from the GPO (centre of Sydney city).

http://www.machiavelli.com.au/

Aternatively, there is a strip of italian restaurants of varying quality in Norton Street Leichhardt, a suburb that is about a 10 minute taxi ride from the CBD.

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6. Re: Central Italian restaurant

Thanks for the suggestions. I've had a look at some of these and I think we might go for Giardinetto. I'm more of a pasta + dessert person, quite a few of these places seem to specialise in seafood.

Also, re. Spice Temple, there are some mixed reviews, especially as it's quite pricey. We might go for an alternative Asian restaurant which is also a bit cheaper!

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7. Re: Central Italian restaurant

What about Italian Village down on the waterfront at the Rocks - near the Hyatt. Can sit inside/outside and great view onto the harbour. Food from memory was ok - you are paying for the view

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8. Re: Central Italian restaurant

I see Buon Ricardo copped an absolute hiding in the Weekend Australian last week. Seriously a 'this could be the end of them' kinda review - dont see that much anymore...

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9. Re: Central Italian restaurant

I'd be surprised if Armando Percuoco couldn't weather that hissy fit, 40ish.

Water off a duck's back, I'd think. Buon Ricordo is one of those Italian institutions like Machiavelli, Beppis, Lucios, where 90% of the diners are regulars, the food traditional.

It seems as if some of John Lethlean's dishes could have been better executed. It also seems, to me at least, that he stepped across the hearth firmly clutching an Agenda.

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10. Re: Central Italian restaurant

For once I didn't buy the Australian, so missed that one 40ish...will be interesting to see if there's any flow on....

Let's see if they keep their 2 hats next week...that will have more impact I would have thought!